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of them. he was from louisiana. he worked in the railroads for a while as a porter. when i met him, he was -- he had a water pump here and a little pecan tree, and he was cutting down the pecan tree to burn fire to keep himself warm. he was five-foot-five, sleeping on a little iron crate. the crate was too small for him, so he had a wooden beekeeper's box for his head. there were -- i'll looking inside, and there were veinna sausage cans, empty ones, that had had put in the corners to keep the place from falling. literally, chickens have a better roost than had did, and this is where he was living. he came, you know, we found him a half century later, and he was nervous, thought we were government workers here to maybe inspect the house, shut it down, whatever. i said, new york city we're -- i said, no, we're here to tell his story. we're standing in the old lake basin. it was the biggest body of fresh water west of the mississippi, 800 square miles of lake right here in the middle of california, and these cotton grower from the south, chased out by the bull weevil came west, and they
diplomacy over several years to negotiate with a guy named napoleon bonaparte. he negotiated the louisiana purchase, which doubled the size of the united states of america in 1804. teddy roosevelt was the first american to win the nobel peace prize because he mediated the russo-japanese war in 1905. f.d.r.'s wartime diplomacy secured an alliance with churchill and stalin. that was critical in overcoming the axis of powers. president kennedy turned to diplomacy when the great majority of his advisors, in october, 1962, said use force. at the final moment president kennedy brokered a negotiated compromise with our greatest enemy, the soviet premiere nikita khrushchev, and that's how the cuban missile crisis ended and that's why we didn't incinerate hundreds of millions of people on the east coast and the midwest of the united states and in europe and in russia. because diplomacy, rather than force, triumphed. think of henry kissinger, still going strong at age 90, by the way. 40 years ago negotiated his brilliant opening to china that opened up relation that is have been frozen for the last
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